Nick Cafardo slipped this tidbit in his morning post over at the Boston Globe this morning:
(Betancourt) has improved his visibility, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see a team deal for him before the season. The best thing that happened for Betancourt is Jimmy Rollins playing in the WBC. Betancourt is also in good shape, which has been a challenge for him in the past. With a March 24 opt-out in his minor league deal, he’s on the Cardinals’ list as they attempt to replace Rafael Furcal.
Keep a very close eye on this development – Cafardo speaks in the definite and not the hypothetical in this instance. If the Phillies manage to turn Yuniesky Betancourt into anything of value, it will be one of Ruben Amaro‘s greatest accomplishments. The 31 year-old infielder is hitting .412/.421/.471 with 2 doubles in 34 Spring ABs.